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Comment Re:It's change for the sake of change (Score 1) 1040

Actually, Canonical is trying to court some hardware makers to get Ubuntu/Unity included on their devices. I don't know how far that'll go, but they are trying, so obviously they think that with this dumbed-down new UI, they might achieve sales of HW that includes their SW, which would earn them revenue.

...People who want dumbed-down UIs don't download OSes from the internet and install them themselves.

You're right and you're right. But even more generally,

People ... don't download OSes from the internet and install them themselves.

OSs downloaded from the internet are never going to be mainstream. I'm running OSX, iOS, OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, Android, Ubuntu, and Windows 7 somewhere or another on my personal/family machines, but I'm not even going to pretend that "The 99%" are going to ever go out of their way to install an OS. Most actively reject all but the most forced or hidden automatic updating. Computing devices are disposable, so if Canonical wants market share, they absolutely need to court hardware vendors who obviously can't put [i]OS[X] on it and don't want to pay for Windows 8. They're really competing with Android, and their choices reflect this.

Comment Re:It's change for the sake of change (Score 1) 1040

The suits were right on reality shows, though - they may be trash, but they are popular trash that makes lots of money. Once a channel gets a taste of that sweet reality profit margin, they never come back. See also History Channel and its new slogan, "History: make it every day!" as well as "The Learning Channel" --> "TLC" and of course the MTVs, which don't even try to mask it.

Comment Re:Let's see if I've got this right (Score 5, Funny) 470

Leap seconds, in contrast, are completely pointless. They exist because the SI day is slightly shorter than the solar day, by a tiny fraction of a second. This means that, after a few years, the sun will not quite be at its apex precisely at midday. How much is the variation? We've had 24 leap seconds since they were introduced in 1972, but a lot of these were to slowly correct the already-wrong time. In the last decade, we've had two. At that rate, it will take 300 years for the sun to be a minute off. It will take 18,000 years for it to be an hour off. These numbers are slightly wrong. The solar day becomes a bit under 2ms longer every hundred years, so we'd need leap seconds more often later.

Well in that case it's probably easier for Oracle to just buy the Sun.

Comment Re:You have to pass it to find out what's in it (Score 1) 571

I agree, that much of it made sense to me. Biases aside (gp calling it ObamaCare was a dead giveaway, maybe they were just trying to be clever) I think a better implementation would be:

(A) SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES.—Section 1819(d)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i–3(d)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

With ample use of strikeouts of course. A lot of the nonsense above is because all of these parts are dependent on other regulation, and you don't have handy href= tags or database lookups to make them human readable. The wiki implementation mentioned by a commenter above would be useful for this reason as well.

Comment Re:Is it worth the effort? (Score 1) 161

Something or other is keeping them from allowing sparse roots, I imagine this has something to do with the new packaging system. As I recall, someone has gotten the inherit-pkg-dir properties to be allowed, and the resulting zone worked fine. I became curious when they didn't mention upgrade-ability, but then I became distracted and/or hungry and thought nothing more on the subject. This bug supports the pkg root cause though: http://defect.opensolaris.org/bz/show_bug.cgi?id=2550
The Media

$200B Lost To Counterfeiting? Back It Up 283

An anonymous reader writes "Over the weekend, the NY Times ran a story about how the recession has impacted product counterfeiters. In it, the reporter regurgitates the oft-repeated claim that counterfeiting 'costs American businesses an estimated $200 billion a year.' Techdirt's Mike Masnick asks the Times reporter to back up that assertion, noting two recent reports (by the GAO and the OECD) that suggest the actual number is much lower, and quoting two reporters who have actually looked at the numbers and found (a) the real number is probably less than $5 billion, and (b) the $200 billion number can be traced back to a totally unsourced (read: made-up) magazine claim from two decades ago."

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